283B Commercial Street, Provincetown
The ebb and flow of the ocean coupled with the passion and love for fine art drives and creates the unique splendor of Provincetown. With this sentiment in mind, Exuma Fine Jewelry has created Exuma Fine Art’s gallery, Nature’s Lies located downstairs.
The story of Nature’s Lies inception began 6 years ago when Ray Nolin, a longtime friend of Günter Hanelt, owner of Exuma Fine Jewelry, came to ask for storage space for his extensive collection of Ada Rayner (Rayner, wife of an earlier Provincetown artist and teacher, Henry Hensche) downstairs at Exuma Fine Jewelry which housed a wire bending studio. Ray’s idea was to not only catalog but also exhibit to sell Rayner’s work upstairs. Every day Ray would come around to move and change the artwork in Exuma Fine Jewelry. At the same time, when needing help, Ray would sell his own paintings to Günter. Over this period Hanelt collected 100 paintings by Ray Nolin. This arrangement lasted two and one half years until Ray Nolin’s untimely death in September 2015.
During those years Günter and Ray had planned to have a gallery in this space. It was Ray’s idea to call it Nature’s Lies. This name came from Hensche’s advice to his students to always observe the truth in nature. Ray, being Ray, thought Nature’s Lies a good name for the gallery. In honor of Ray Nolin’s memory and his art, this gallery space is called Nature’s Lies. For two and one half years after Ray’s passing, Hanelt was personally not ready to go forward with the project.
However, as life would have it, something occurred to begin the revival (resurrection) of the gallery plan. A friend of Günter’s daughter, Tyler Murphy, a native of Orleans, asked him to use his space below to show exhibitions he would curate. The gallery drew many visitors and was a success for Tyler, currently a gallerist and curator based in Los Angeles, yet retains his local connections to Provincetown. Again the pieces fell together with the June 2018 arrival of Jon Hamilton to Provincetown after many years’ absence. Since he had worked at Exuma Fine Jewelry in past years, Jon asked his friend for a job. Günter asked Jon, who has an art history background, to prepare the gallery space and become the director of Nature’s Lies. Finally, after Jon’s two months of preparing the gallery space, Nature’s Lies opened on August 31, 2018.
This summer with the expertise of gallerist and curator of Tyler Murphy and art background of director Jonathan Hamilton, visitors will experience artworks connected to the artistic past and present of Provincetown. Along with the permanent memorial collection of Ray Nolin and Ada Rayner, visitors will see a variety of local, national and international artists in Exuma Fine Art’s gallery, Nature’s Lies and upstairs in Exuma Fine Jewelry. In addition , Exuma Fine Art has works by Joan Pereira, Corita Kent (known for the Boston gas tank rainbow swash)Man Ray, Nicoletta Poli, Kathleen Marsh.
Exuma Fine Art accepts art on consignment at owner’s discretion. Please contact the gallery: firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-487-0407.